Crohn's disease

A TYPE OF INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE (IBD)


Crohn's disease is an inflammation of any part of your digestive tract — we can treat and relieve your symptoms

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What is Crohn's disease?

Crohn's disease is an inflammation of the gastrointestinal (digestive) tract. It's a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), like ulcerative colitis (UC). Unlike ulcerative colitis, Crohn's can affect any part of your digestive tract, from your mouth to your back passage. It's fairly common, affecting around 80,000 people in the UK.

Need to know

Crohn's disease can affect any part of your digestive system, but it tends to appear near the junction of the small and large intestine. The inflammation caused by Crohn's is more intense than ulcerative colitis and can lead to a narrowing in the intestine and blockages. Symptoms of Crohn's disease might include:

  • chronic diarrhoea
  • abdominal pain
  • anal inflammation and fistulas
  • weight loss
  • fatigue
  • blood and mucus in your faeces 

The severity of these symptoms will vary over time, from mild at times to serious at others. We can help you manage your symptoms and lessen the impact of Crohn's on your life.

Your consultant will discuss your symptoms with you. Depending on your symptoms, they may carry out a colonoscopy, which involves examining your digestive tract by inserting a flexible camera into your large and small intestine. They may also carry out other diagnostic tests including:

We offer a range of treatment options for Crohn's disease that can help to relieve your symptoms and help you live a normal life. These might include:

  • anti-TNF and biologic agents to target TNF, one of the main mediators of inflammation
  • immunosuppressive drugs to keep Crohn's under control during remission
  • steroids for Crohn's in the last section of the bowel
  • special diet plans (polymeric or elemental liquid)
  • antibiotics for flare-ups or specific infections
  • 5ASA drugs
  • surgery to remove blockages in the intestine

Our Crohn's disease locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.